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Wing by Matthew Francis


Matthew Francis

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Category: Poetry, Non-fiction
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication date: 6 Feb 2020
ISBN: 9780571358618

Matthew Francis's latest collection celebrates the richness of nature and of our responses to it. And, in a moving elegy for a friend killed in a parachute accident, Francis shows us a vertiginous vision of a world where even the dead 'sleep on the wing'.

5 stars out of 5
Kate Kellaway
18 Feb 2020

"Nature does not go out of fashion and we need poetry of this quality more than ever"

Insects abound and the poems celebrate the world’s creepy-crawly beauty. A marvellous sequence is based on Robert Hooke’s scientific treatise of 1668 in which ice, snow, sand, feathers, fish scales and moss are put under the microscope in astonishing, otherworldly detail. Francis is an inspiring miniaturist whose witty connectivity delights. In Ladybird Summer, a plague of ladybirds is described “mating like Tiddlywinks”. This arresting poem then slides into a lament for a gone-wrong season.